On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight........... A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Drum Corps Practice reminders and Fort Ticonderoga details

Good Evening

A reminder - the drum corps will be practicing for the Memorial Day parade on Thursday evening from 6:30- 7:30 and on Saturday after flagging - we will provide a pizza lunch for drummers, and anticipate we will be finished at 12:30

For Fort Ticonderoga - the bus leaves at 6 AM from the clubhouse - pack your uniform shirt, sleeping bag, snacks, and a change of clothes for the return trip, toiletries, and a small amount of spending money.

May 26 - Annual replacement of graveside flags at Cemeteries (8 AM Village, 9 AM Old North) – we ask that scouts carpool to Village and from Village to Old North, and remind all that this is a solemn occasion, not an event with a timer and accuracy is the goal, not speed. Scouts should wear their uniform shirts, no sashes, and depending on the weather we may suggest shorts rather than scout pants – please wait for further instruction near the end of the week.

We will also have a DRUM PRACTICE this week - will email details.

May 28 – No Meeting (Memorial Day holiday) - Parade, meet at 9:15 at the Korean War Memorial in Jackson Square – full uniforms, including green pants, belt, shoes, shirt, NO SASHES

June 2 -3 Fort Ticonderoga trip
CAMP2018 – July 22nd – July 29th 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Troop 2 update 5/17

May 19 - Campout, 9 AM, Valley Pines, pickup up Sunday at 8 AM – plan to camp outdoors, cook outdoors, and bring plenty of water and food to prepare.

May 21 – Gym Night, 8 PM First Church – please pay for Ft Ticonderoga if you haven’t already

May 26 - Annual replacement of graveside flags at Cemeteries (8 AM Village, 9 AM Old North) – we ask that scouts carpool to Village and from Village to Old North, and remind all that this is a solemn occasion, not an event with a timer and accuracy is the goal, not speed. Scouts should wear their uniform shirts, no sashes, and depending on the weather we may suggest shorts rather than scout pants – please wait for further instruction.

May 28 – No Meeting (Memorial Day holiday) - Parade, meet at 9:15 at the Korean War Memorial in Jackson Square – full uniforms, including green pants, belt, shoes, shirt, NO SASHES

June 2 -3 Fort Ticonderoga trip
CAMP2018 – July 22nd – July 29th 

Drum Corps reminder – we may be practicing a few evenings before the parade – watch for more info.

All Scouts are reminded of the following

At meeting and events you are in the care of troop leadership – we ask that you please have the courtesy and respect to let the Scoutmaster know when you are leaving early from a meeting or event.

Please do not leave the Clubhouse and venture across North Street to 7-11 – this is a busy street, and while you are in OUR care we ask that you remain on the property.

Two very simple requests for your safety and our sanity. If you have any questions, let us know.


  1. Troop 2 is planning an overnight visit and stay at Fort Ticonderoga in upstate NY on June 2 and 3rd. In this scout program, scouts will be immersed in the daily routine of the Continental soldiers garrisoning Fort Ticonderoga in the weeks after the capture of Fort Ticonderoga by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold in 1775. Attendance is limited to 30, cost will be $150.00 and includes transportation and food.

Participants will need to bring a uniform shirt, sleeping bag and pad, and clothes and footwear sufficient for an overnight stay. We will be sleeping in tents at the fort. Scouts should pack their gear in a backpack or large bag to keep it all together.


  1. We will be attending MassJam in October 6-8 2018 - On Columbus Day weekend, 2018 thousands of Scouts, Webelos, and Venturers from Massachusetts and surrounding states will descend on the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in East Falmouth, Massachusetts for three days of Scouting fun. More information will be shared throughout the summer.

  1. Eagles - Mayflower Council has issued a new form for Eagle Scout Candidate Letters of Recommendation  https://www.mayflowerbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/Eagle-Scout-Reference-Letter-Request.pdf  The process remains the same - candidates should print this form, and provide their references with the preaddressed envelope (all letters must be mailed to the Clubhouse) and a postage stamp. Candidates must provide letters of recommendation from a parent, clergy, teacher, employer, and two others. A Life scout can request these references at any time during their Eagle scout candidacy, which begins 6 months after they've received their LIFE rank.  If you have any questions, please let us know!

  1. We've had several questions about the changes in Boy Scouting and the impact on our Troop. The link below provides some guidance to the changes at the National level, and serve as a guide while the program evolves. https://scoutingwire.org/the-boy-scouts-of-america-organization-name-is-not-changing-and-other-facts-to-set-the-record-straight/  To clear any confusion - Troop 2 (and Pack 2) are not chartered as co-educational units. Troop 2 does not plan to offer a co-educational program, and will remain a male only Troop.  Youth interested in a co-educational scouting program are encouraged to contact Mayflower Council to find a chartered program in their area. The Weymouth Heights Club, our chartering organization, also sponsors and supports Girl Scout programs that meet regularly in the clubhouse (chartering for Girl Scouting a different process than Boy Scouting).  To ensure accurate and clear answers to any questions, please email us at troop2weymouth@gmail.com or connect in person with David or I.

  1. Reminder – Unless otherwise noted, attendance at Boy Scout events is restricted to registered Boy Scouts, ages 11-18, and registered Adults. Unless otherwise noted, siblings, adults, and guests are not anticipated at events, and are not covered by BSA liability insurance in most cases. Please speak to Mr. Chase if you have any questions or concerns.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Troop 2 Upcoming Events

Troop 2 Upcoming events 


May 12 – Rededication of Civil War Memorial, North Cemetery - full uniforms, meet at the clubhouse at 8:30 AM - pick up at 11:30. Details below:

https://www.weymouth.ma.us/home/news/the-150th-anniversary-rededication-of-the-weymouths-civil-war-monument

May 14 – clubhouse, drumming at 7, meeting at 7:30 - $150 due for Fort Ticonderoga Trip
May 19 - Campout, 9 AM, Valley Pines, pickup up Sunday at 8 AM
May 21 – clubhouse, drumming at 7, meeting at 7:30
May 26 - Annual replacement of graveside flags at Cemeteries (8 AM Village, 9 AM Old North)
May 28 – No Meeting (Memorial Day holiday) - Parade, meet at 9:15 at the Korean War Memorial in Jackson Square

June 2 -3 Fort Ticonderoga trip
CAMP2018 – July 22nd – July 29th 


1. Troop 2 is planning an overnight visit and stay at Fort Ticonderoga in upstate NY on June 2 and 3rd. In this scout program, scouts will be immersed in the daily routine of the Continental soldiers garrisoning Fort Ticonderoga in the weeks after the capture of Fort Ticonderoga by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold in 1775. Attendance is limited to 30, cost will be $150.00 and includes transportation and food. We need a confirmation for headcount at our meeting (Gym Night) on Monday evening, 4/30

2. We will be attending MassJam in October 6-8 2018 - On Columbus Day weekend, 2018 thousands of Scouts, Webelos, and Venturers from Massachusetts and surrounding states will descend on the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in East Falmouth, Massachusetts for three days of Scouting fun.

3. Eagles - Mayflower Council has issued a new form for Eagle Scout Candidate Letters of Recommendation  

https://www.mayflowerbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/Eagle-Scout-Reference-Letter-Request.pdf

The process remains the same - candidates should print this form, and provide their references with the preaddressed envelope (all letters must be mailed to the Clubhouse) and a postage stamp.
A Life scout can request these references at any time during their Eagle scout candidacy, which begins 6 months after they've received their LIFE rank.  If you have any questions, please let us know!


4. We've had several questions about the changes in Boy Scouting and the impact on our Troop. The link below provides some guidance to the changes at the National level, and serve as a guide while the program evolves.

https://scoutingwire.org/the-boy-scouts-of-america-organization-name-is-not-changing-and-other-facts-to-set-the-record-straight/

To clear any confusion - Troop 2 (and Pack 2) are not chartered as co-educational units. Troop 2 does not plan to offer a co-educational program, and will remain a male only Troop.

Youth interested in a co-educational scouting program are encouraged to contact Mayflower Council to find a chartered program in their area.

The Weymouth Heights Club, our chartering organization, also sponsors and supports Girl Scout programs that meet regularly in the clubhouse (chartering for Girl Scouting a different process than Boy Scouting).

To ensure accurate and clear answers to any questions, please email us at troop2weymouth@gmail.com or connect in person with David or I.


5. Reminder – Unless otherwise noted, attendance at Boy Scout events is restricted to registered Boy Scouts, ages 11-18, and registered Adults. Unless otherwise noted, siblings, adults, and guests are not anticipated at events, and are not covered by BSA liability insurance in most cases. Please speak to Mr. Chase if you have any questions or concerns.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Troop Committee Meeting Update

Thanks to all who attended our monthly Troop Committee Meeting last evening during Gym Night. In an effort to improve our communication we've prepared notes from this meeting, and will continue to share updates with the group.

A look back at March and April, and our May events.

In March and April our primary focus during the weekly meetings  was on two Eagle required merit badges – Personal Management and Cooking – scouts have largely completed both. Thanks to Mr. Nowiski, Mr. Cato, Mr. Nardo, Mr. Aieta and Mr. Reichardt for their help with Cooking, and Mr. Chase for his work on Personal Management.

Focus over the next two months will be in two areas – increasing our scouts exposure to new badges, several of which are easily achievable at home with a little guidance – Reading, Art, Scholarship, etc – and in June/July, preparation for our Summer Camp badge work. Our goal is always to introduce scouts to new ideas, concepts, and learning, without resorting to lecturing and excessive homework (it’s supposed to be fun, not schoolwork) – and we’ve noted our scouts are not earning the “extra” badges that serve as introductions to interests and hobbies. Look for more information on this over the coming weeks.

We distributed the new Council Shoulder Patches in March, and hope to see them on your sons uniform by the end of May for the Flagging and Parade. If your son did not receive one, please let us know.    If anyone needs scout pants, please let us know, as we have some in the uniform box, as well as a few shirts. In addition, we have a small number of the large Troop 2 100th Anniversary patches – if you do not have one, please let us know.

Scouts working toward Eagle are urged to complete their Project Proposals and make forward progress as the spring arrives. As a reminder, we meet on Thursday nights at 7 PM to offer guidance and review, and can meet other times by arrangement.  4 scouts have received council approval to proceed, and 6 have project ideas under discussion, so we’re expecting a lively Spring/Summer/Fall program of Eagle Scout projects and follow ups. Please note, if your son is a Life scout, he has to complete his work on Eagle before his 18th birthday, and we strongly encourage work to begin no later than his 17th birthday. If your son falls in this bracket and is not making progress, please give him a nudge. Also please note your son cannot start his project until it’s approved by Mayflower Council. Please see Mr. Chase if you have any questions.

We met with the Mayors Office in mid April  in an effort to communicate the process toward Eagle, and to discuss priorities for scouting, which went well. We are hoping to streamline the towns review and approval process for Eagle projects and community service, and to improve the experience and communication of all troops in Weymouth. We’re hopeful this will pay dividends in the longer term by increasing cooperation between the troops in town, and look forward to more meetings with both the troops and the town leadership. Follow up is planned for later in the Spring, and we're in regular communication with the leadership of all the scout troops in the area at the monthly district round tables.

In April we held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor, where we recognized the achievements of 4 Eagle Scouts. We camped at Valley Pines overnight, clearing brush from the winter storms. And we welcomed 5 new scouts, and are awaiting arrival of one other scout, and we welcome Mr. Cato, who's joining his oldest son at the Troop side while serving as Cub Master at the Pack side. 

Looking out a month, cost for our trip and overnight stay at  Fort Ticonderoga has been set at $150, which includes bus, food and lodging for the weekend, Class A shirts are required, and we have a limit of thirty participants, with a few seats available,  so please RSVP no later than our first May meeting.

Our primary organizational focus in May will be on this event, with Summer Camp planning, scheduling and prework the focus of June and July.

Note, our  weekday schedule at camp will be shifting slightly to encourage a more fluid, Merit Badge University style of classwork and field work, while outside that structured time we continue to stress and encourage free time activities (canoeing, waterfront, etc). We will share more of that in June, but if you’re an adult member or scout  planning to attend, and have an interest in teaching specific badges, please let us know and we’ll do our best to build that time into the week and pre/post camp work.

We are  reviewing the cost of Summer Camp, which is expected to rise this year  - we’ll share the expected rate soon, which is influenced by three factors  –the cost of fuel and gasoline, food, and declining enrollment all are drivers.

Our May events are below, and will include a campout, flagging at two cemeteries, and the Memorial Day Parade. Drummers, please note our meetings  on Monday evenings -  we all need to practice for the parade, and we urge all to attend so we can work on pieces and prepare to march

May 7 – clubhouse, drumming at 7
May 12 – 9 AM Civil War/rededication of memorial
May 14 – clubhouse, drumming at 7
May 19 - VP  Campout
May 21 – clubhouse, drumming at 7
May 26 - Flagging (8 AM Village, 9 AM Old North)
May 28 – No Meeting (Memorial Day holiday) - Parade


As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, please let us know, either by emailing at troop2weymouth@gmail.com or in person on Monday evenings or Thursday evenings. We can also be reached by phone.  

Friday, April 27, 2018

Troop 2 weekly updates

Updates:

1.    Reminder – Monday April 30’s meeting is a Gym Night, 8 PM at the First Church, Weymouth Heights. There is no drum practice. We will also have our monthly Troop Committee Meeting in the kitchen.

2.    Troop 2 is planning an overnight visit and stay at Fort Ticonderoga in upstate NY on June 2 and 3rd. In this scout program, scouts will be immersed in the daily routine of the Continental soldiers garrisoning Fort Ticonderoga in the weeks after the capture of Fort Ticonderoga by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold in 1775. Attendance is limited to 30, cost will be $150.00 and includes transportation and food. We need a confirmation for headcount at our meeting (Gym Night) on Monday evening, 4/30

3.    We will be attending MassJam in October 6-8 2018 - On Columbus Day weekend, 2018 thousands of Scouts, Webelos, and Venturers from Massachusetts and surrounding states will descend on the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in East Falmouth, Massachusetts for three days of Scouting fun.

4.    Eagles - Mayflower Council has issued a new form for Eagle Scout Candidate Letters of Recommendation - https://www.mayflowerbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/Eagle-Scout-Reference-Letter-Request.pdf

The process remains the same - candidates should print this form, and provide their references with the preaddressed envelope (all letters must be mailed to the Clubhouse) and a postage stamp.
A Life scout can request these references at any time during their Eagle scout candidacy, which begins 6 months after they've received their LIFE rank. 
If you have any questions, please let us know!


5.    Reminder – Attendance at Boy Scout events is restricted to registered Boy Scouts, ages 11-18, and registered Adults. Unless otherwise noted, siblings, adults, and guests are not anticipated at events, and are not covered by BSA liability insurance in most cases. Please speak to Mr. Chase if you have any questions or concerns.

Fort Ticonderoga Update

Troop 2 is planning an overnight visit and stay at Fort Ticonderoga in upstate NY on June 2 and 3rd.

Attendance is limited to 30, cost will be $150.00 and includes transportation and food. We need a confirmation for headcount at our meeting (Gym Night) on Monday evening, 4/30